ANNEXGUIDANCE ON THE ACCESS OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES,EMERGENCY RESPONSE SERVICES AND PILOTS ONBOARD SHIPS TO WHICH SOLAS CHAPTER XI-2AND THE ISPS CODE APPLY1 I
1.1 The purpose of this guidance is to provide recommended practice in relation to the accessof public authorities
emergency response services and pilots
on board ships to which SOLASchapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code apply, in order to facilitate the activities and responsibilities of ships, ports facilities and of the authorities of SOLAS Contracting Government.1.2 During routine and normal ship/port interface and ship-to-ship activities it is usual for avariety of commercial, private and Governmental personnel to require access to a ship. Accesscontrol measures incorporated in Ship Security Plans (SSPs) that implement the requirements of the ISPS Code should, during routine ship/port interface and ship-to-ship activities, normally berespected by everyone, including officials seeking access to ships and restricted areas on board them.1.3 In addition to routine and normal access, under ordinary circumstances, there are a varietyof situations where law enforcement or emergency response personnel need to conduct lawenforcement functions to address specific security problems or to respond to emergencysituations such as fires. In such situations it may not be possible or reasonable for the ship’ssecurity personnel to implement the normal access control provisions required by the SSP. Thesecurity and safety of the ship and of the port facilities require that practices be established thatexpedite access control for public authorities
emergency response services and pilots. Theobservance of such practices should not be construed as a failure of the ship to implement or tomaintain appropriate security measures nor used by officials as an excuse for circumventing aship's security measures when conducting routine and normal operations requiring accessto ships.1.4 It is noted that paragraph B/9.12 of the ISPS Code states that those unwilling or unable toestablish their identity and/or to confirm the purpose of their visit when requested to do so should be denied access to the ship and their attempt to obtain access should be reported, as appropriate,to the Ship Security Officer,
the Company Security Officer, the Port Facility Security Officer andto the national or local authorities with security responsibilities.
2.1 For the purpose of this guidance:.1
means the agencies or officials in a State responsible for theapplication and enforcement of the laws, regulations, orders and decrees of thatState; and.2
Emergency response services
means the medical, paramedical and ambulance personnel, fire and rescue personnel, and at sea search and rescue (SAR) unitsresponding to or participating in SAR operations.